Taiwan to get first casino development
Nearly 60pc of Matsu voters opted in favour of the government's plans to build a casino, paving the way for Taiwan's first casino development. A number of the world's largest casino firms, including Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts, are thought to be vying to build resorts in Taiwan, owing largely to its close proximity to China and large markets such as Korea and Japan.
Currently, gambling is illegal in Taiwan but an amendment passed in 2009 permitted building casino resorts on offshore islands.
Residents of Matsu, one of the smallest of the offshore island groups that the Taiwanese government has enabled to vote for casinos in local referendums, say it would boost infrastructure and help develop islands' tourism industry.